Kaduna State Governor, Mr Ramalan Yero, who is the state’s gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the April 11 election has conceded defeat to Mr Nasir El-Rufai, his All Progressives Congress (APC) opponent.
A statement issued on Sunday by Mr Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna State APC Campaign Council, said that Yero called El-Rufai on Sunday afternoon to concede defeat and congratulate El-Rufai on his victory with the results of three local governments still outstanding.
Prior to conceding defeat, Yero was trailing El-Rufai who led him with about half a million votes officially announced from 17 out of 20 local governments in the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The statement said:“Yero called El-Rufai about 3pm to congratulate the latter on his victory.
“He prayed for peace and development of Kaduna State and Nigeria at large
“El-Rufai, in his response, thanked Yero and wished him all the best and said he hoped to see him soon.’’
It would be recalled that Yero, former Deputy Governor of the state to the late Governor Patrick Yakowa, became Kaduna State Governor upon the death of Yakowa in a plane crash in Bayelsa State.
El-Rufai was Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) during the Obasanjo administration.
Kaduna, which hosts the capital of the old Northern Region, is always the toast of many political pundits who gauge the politics of the North on developments there.